Responding With Resistance to Wh-Questions in Japanese Talk-in-Interaction

Makoto Hayashi, Shuya Kushida

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Respondents to questions have various ways to display their stance toward the question addressed to them. This article examines the practice of deploying the negative response token iya in turn-initial position in response to wh-questions in Japanese talk-in-interaction. We show that iya-prefacing serves as an alert to the questioner that the respondent finds some aspect of the preceding question problematic. Our findings contribute to a growing body of conversation analytic research on various turn-constructional practices that are used to problematize, resist, or sidestep the constraints imposed by preceding questions across different settings and in different languages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-255
Number of pages25
JournalResearch on Language and Social Interaction
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Communication
  • Linguistics and Language


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